Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Make your own cashew butter
Sometimes the simplest things in life make us the happiest. Warm cookies right out of the oven, an extra hour of sleep or a conversation with a friend. This cashew butter falls into that category. The crunchy texture transforms into a smooth, decadent butter in a matter of minutes.
You'll need a food processor, vitamix or high-powered blender to make this. Simply preheat your oven to 350. Pour 2 cups cashews onto a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. The nuts should begin to turn a light golden brown. Stir, so both sides get nice and toasted. Bake for a few minutes longer, if needed. Remove from the oven and toss into the food processor with a dash of sea salt. Blend on high for 3 minutes. If dry, add a tablespoon or two of oil (walnut, almond, or coconut). If you want to sweeten the nut butter, add a tablespoon of maple syrup and a pinch of nutmeg. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Enjoy cashew butter smeared onto a banana as a snack or spread across toast with jam for breakfast.